05-04-2009, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by 125aquarist
yes i do have glass tops that will cover the tank, what exactly do you mean when you said about how much work i want to put into it..im a little unclear on that.. the main reason i was thinking of going this way is to possibly save money, i think i can acquire these rather cheap..thanks for your help.
Well, for example the cheapest fixture is the shop light type, but that does not come with any sort of plug or switch. What I have done is wired in a cord that goes to a timer that is plugged into my power strip. That gives me the control for turning in on and off. Most shop light fixture just come with a positive, neutral, and ground that you have to wire yourself because they are meant to be hardwired into a ceiling. Then you have to think about how it is going to sit on your glass tops, because you can't have the bulbs in direct contact. Whenever I have used this type of fixture, I built a canopy for the tank to properly house it. Your hardware store should also sell a type of all in one fixture with on/off swith that is meant to go under kitchen cabinets. This would be the easiest because you just have to put in the correct bulb and then plug it in. I don't know if this would work well though, because from what I remember the switch is on the side you will want to set on the glass. If you don't want to build anything, then I would spend the extra 10 or so dollars and go with one of these: All-Glass Single Strip Light- 24" (Black) at Big Al's Online
Originally Posted by WisFish
Yes. If you're not planning on having plants you can go with any "color" fluorescent bulb provided the wattage is what the fixture calls for. Even with plants I just use GE daylight bulbs from Menards (Lowes equivalent in my area)
Yes I should have said anything marked daylight instead of a kelvin temp because some daylight bulbs are as low as 5700K, but look just fine.